Occupied School Bus Overturns After Striking Three Trees Thursday

Delaware State Police is conducting a crash investigation involving a school bus that occurred Thursday afternoon in Milton.

On September 9, 2021, at approximately 3:03 p.m., a Freightliner school bus operated by a 61-year-old Harbeson woman was traveling westbound on Burton Road, entering a moderate right curve. Due to inattention by the operator, the vehicle crossed the north edge of the roadway, entered the soft grassy roadside and began to rotate clockwise, according to police. The bus traveled approximately 79 feet before sideswiping a tree with the front right and continued to rotate clockwise while beginning to overturn. The Freightliner then struck a second tree with the left front side, continued to overturn while striking a third tree with the left side and came to rest on its left side.

There were eight juveniles from Cape Henlopen School District on the school bus at the time of the collision.

One 11-year-old juvenile was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, treated and released.

The operator was cited for Inattentive Driving and Failure to Drive at Speeds Appropriate for Conditions.

The roadway was closed for approximately two hours while the crashed was investigated and roadway cleared.

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